Just like that I’m 30. Thirty.
You guys. I have been waiting for this day since I was 22. People think I’m crazy because I couldn’t wait for my twenties to be over. I had to grow up fast as a kid, and even more as a young mom. While friends my age were up late popping bottles, I was up late changing diapers and cuddling my babies. I didn’t feel like I was in the same mindset. I just always had an inkling 30 was going to be my decade.
The twenties have been life changing. I was a mother for nearly all of it, I became a wife, I ended my toxic relationship with my dad, I lived in four states, and traveled around the country. My world no longer revolved around my only child self. My world became all about my family and being the best mother and wife I could. The second I became a mom every fiber of my being changed. Now that may seem dramatic to some, but my situation is a little different.
My mother left me when I was only one years old, so I took becoming a mother extremely seriously. It meant everything for the word “mom” to finally become something positive in my life.
But, that’s for another blog post.
Being a mom defined my twenties, as I know it will for the rest of my life. The twenties were literally when my life changed for the better. I appreciate them for all they brought – struggle and joy.
I am thrilled to be thirty. I feel like this is going to bring some of the best times of my life. The other day I realized at the end of this decade Damian will be a senior in high school.
Something about that realization brought so much more purpose to my life. I need to make every single moment count.
So here’s some goals I have for my thirties…
Finally go on my honeymoon. Pat and I never went on our honeymoon after we got married. We’ve never been on a trip alone..ever. Now that our kids are getting older, I’m hoping will be easier to get away for a weekend.
Get professional family pictures. I’ve never had wedding/engagement/professional family photos. I think it would be so great to be able to have a session as a family.
Vacation to Hawai’i. I have a large travel related bucket list, but realistically I would love to spend a week really soaking up Hawai’i. We went twice in 2015 and I would love to go again when the boys are older. We can hike, surf, and really experience everything.
Europe trip as a family. Before Damian goes to college, or during his first year, I want all of us to go to Europe as a family. I want to go to the pubs, experience the culture, see the sights, and have them experience the world. I went to Europe when I was 16 and it truly changed my life.
Visit all 50 states. I’ve visited about 40 so far. I want to finish the list!
Renew our vows. I would love to renew our vows for our 15th (or a few years later) wedding anniversary. I will be 37, the boys will be older, and I want to renew our vows on a beach in Hawaii, Fiji, or Bora Bora. My husband and I had a very small ceremony. No photographer, bachelor/bachelorette party, bridal shower, or reception. Nothing. (Maybe that needs a blog post). It just wasn’t a desire of mine. I just want a stunning renewal ceremony with the love of my life, my coconuts, and a photographer to capture the moments.
I sure hope all of these happen. Guess I will just have to wait and see.
Hello, thirties. I am happy to be here.
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